Perak’s State Mosque, Masjid Sultan Idris Shah II, is one of the state’s earliest mosques. Its construction began in May 1966 with its foundation stone being laid in 1967 by the Deputy Prime Minister at that time, the late Tun Haji Abdul Razak. It was completed in August 1968 and officiated in September 1978 by Sultan ldris Iskandar Shah II, in conjunction with his 54th birthday celebration.
The mosque’s most distinctive and unique features are its 44 domes and its minaret, which soars 125 feet above the ground. The domes are covered with thousands of mosaic tiles, which glint invitingly in the sun on a good day. This double-storey building’s interior is supported by multiple pillars.
More than a prominent landmark in the city of Ipoh, Masjid Sultan Idris Shah II also symbolises the splendour of Islamic civilisation in Perak. It is situated opposite another prominent landmark in the city, the Ipoh Railway Station.